The Start

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This painting is typical of Van Calraet’s work, particularly in the depiction of dogs and horses. It shows two riders and their dogs preparing to leave an inn and ‘start’ their journey. A wreath and a pewter wine jug hanging from the pole attached to the building indicate that this is an inn; the lady to the left wearing red is the inn-keeper. One man is mounted with his plumed hat and gloves on and clearly wishes to leave, while the other gestures to his companion to enjoy another glass (‘roemer’) of wine. Until the twentieth century, this picture was thought to be by Aelbert Cuyp, as it emulates his work both in its composition and in its use of light.

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  • Acc. No. NG 1493
  • Medium Oil on panel
  • Size 32.00 x 47.00 cm (painted area)
  • Credit Bequest of Mrs Nisbet Hamilton Ogilvy of Biel 1921